Technics RS-M280
Dolby B NR Wired Remote Control Full Logic Metal Tape Direct Drive 3 Head

This Technics RS-M280 is a stereo cassette deck with double Dolby B noise reduction, it was first sold by Technics in 1981 with a recommended retail price of USD $800 and discontinued a year later.

The main features of the Technics RS-M280 are: 3 heads and off-tape monitoring, digital tape counter with 3 digits and memory stop, manual tape type selection and capable of handling normal, chrome, ferro-chrome and metal tapes with automatic equalization selection, dual capstan transport.

Typical front loading cassette deck with the cassette compartiment located on the left side of the deck. Tape eject is operated mechanically and the cassette needs to be placed with the side to be played facing forward in the cassette well.

Level meters used on the RS-M280 are generic digital peak reading meters with multi-color indication to provide visual saturation level of tape, peak hold for easy adjustment of optimum recording level and peak indicator for easy adjustment of optimum recording level. Full-logic transport controls used on the RS-M280 let it respond to the slightest finger contact for fast and effortless transport function selection.

To ensure the best response from the wide variety of tapes available adjustment of, sensitivity, to optimum levels can be performed prior to recording.

The Dolby-B system reduces tape hiss on tapes recorded on the RS-M280 by as much as 10 dB at the highest frequencies. The three-head configuration of the RS-M280 requires a Double Dolby system, one for recording and one for playback.

To make live recordings this deck has 2 microphone inputs to connect microphones with a jack connector. For undisturbed listening a jack connector for a pair of stereo headphones is supplied. Connection to other audio components for plaback can be achieved by a RCA cable and recording from a source by a RCA cable. All main transport commands can be issued remotely with a wired remote control.

Compact Cassette
  • Direct Drive
  • Closed Loop Double Capstan
  • Full Remote Control
  • 3 Motor
  • Auto Tape Select
  • Fluorescent Meter
  • Quartz Lock
  • DD 3 Motor
  • 3 Head System
  • Microprocessor Logic Control System
  • Peak Hold

Historic events

1981 Sony introduces the "micro" (3½-inch) floppy disk drive the OA-D30V
1982 Sony and Philips announce the CD (Compact Disc) in Tokyo

Features of Technics RS-M280

400Hz Test Tone Manual Level Calibration Bias Fine Tune 8kHz Test Tone
2 Mono Microphone Inputs Wired Remote Control RCA Input/Output Connectors Headphones
Peak Hold Multi Color Peak-Reading Meters 3-Digıt Digital Counter Digital Peak-Reading Meters
Record Protection
Cassette Exterior
Silver Finish Orientation Left Black Finish Front Loading
Compact Cassette
Head Configuration
3 Head Desiǥn 4 Track / 2 Channel
Peak Indicator Dolby B Metal Tape Chrome Tape Ferro-Chrome Tape MPX Normal Tape
HighCom NR
Noise Reduction
Dolby-B Noise Reduction Double Dolby NR Circuits
Full Logic Transport Control Real-Time Tape Monitoring Memory Repeat Timer Recording/Playback Record Mute Memory Stop
Power Requirements
Alternating Current
Individual Input Level Controls
Tape Speed
1⅞ ips - 4.76 cm/s
Manual Tape Type Selection Automatic Tape Type Selection Normal Tape Capabılity Chrome Tape Capabılity Metal Tape Capabılity Automatic Tape Equalization Ferro-Chrome Tape Capabılity
Solenoid Control (Mechanism) Mechanical Tape Loading 3x Motor Mechanism Auto Shutoff Quartz Controlled Transport Direct Drive (Capsŧan) Dual-Capstan Transport

Similar to Technics RS-M280 from the period 1981 - 1982